Three courtdates scheduled for tomorrow, Friday 17 August 2012
(1) Father Daniel Miller
11 am, courtroom #1, Pembroke Ontario courthouse (297 Pembroke St. East).
As I mentioned elsewhere, my understanding is that this is to set a date for discovery – actually four days of discovery. All being well tomorrow everyone involved (judge, Crown, defence, court) will have their available dates lined up up tomorrow and the dates can actually be set.
Keep the complainants in your prayers.
(2) Father Rheal LeBlanc
09:00 am, “to set a date,” Welland Courthouse, Welland, Ontario (102 East Main Street)
This will probably be the setting of another date, and it is doubtful that Father LeBlanc will be there, but, there are sometimes surprises. If anyone can pop in to find out what happens please do.
(3) Albert LeBlanc
I didn’t get the start time, but it will probably be in the morning. If you live in the area and plan to attend call the courthouse to check.
This is the sentencing hearing. Usually at a sentencing hearing any victims who wish to give Victim Impact Statements in person the court room will do so. Some victims may have prepared a Victim Impact Statement but prefer not to read it themselves, in which case it will be read into the record for them.
Also it is usually at this time that those are are going o testify to the “good” character of Albert LeBlanc do so.
I believe there is a good chance there will also be some sort of agreed u[on statement of facts related to the convictions.
I encourage those who can attend to do so. It is so important at the sentencing hearing for victims to know there are people in the room who are there who support them. It’s a difficult day. Keep them in your prayers.
As always, please pass on news of the outcome and links to media coverage.
(1) Father John Sullivan
The next court date for Father John Sullivan is 04 September 2012, North Bay, Ontario courthouse. I will find out and post the start time before then.
(2) Father Mark Sullivan
As I mentions on Wednesday, this was a surprise. The last I heard was that he was going to enter a guilty plea. Then news that Father Sullivan entered into a peace bond and the charges against him were withdrawn.
I have been watching and waiting for media coverage to find out what exactly happened here. There is not a boo! If there is, I haven’t been able to find it.
Here is some information on peace bonds.
(a) The following was prepared by the Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime:
(b) And, from the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General website (Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General website re peace bond):
What if the police don’t lay charges?
If charges are not laid, and you have reasonable grounds to fear that a person may harm you or your family, you can go to your local courthouse and ask a Justice of the Peace to issue a peace bond.
A peace bond orders a person to keep the peace for a specified period of time, and can include conditions to protect you and your family. For example, it can direct a person to not contact or communicate with you or your family, or to not come within a specified distance of your home, place of employment, or school.
In this case charges were laid, but, this week they were withdrawn. Did the complainant’s family seek a peace bond when they found out the charges were going to be withdrawn? Or, was there an agreement that charges would be withdrawn if there was a peace bond?
(c) This one perhaps answers the questions posed. It is from the website just answer Canada Law:
Note that a Crown attorney can drop a criminal charge in exchange for a defendant signing a peace bond.
And, note the advice:
I don’t recommend that you sign it [Peace Bond] unless you have been charged with a criminal offense and it appears likely that you’ll be convicted, and the crown has offered to withdraw the charge in exchange for you signing the peace bond.
Is that what happened with the Father Mark Sullivan charges? It sounds a little like it, doesn’t it? Sullivan was either going to plead guilty or be convicted, and the Crown offered to withdraw the charge in exchange for a peace bond? Is that what happened here? Was it a bit of a sweet deal? I don’t know, but I will do my best to find out one way or the other this coming week.
I honestly don’t even know if this sort of thing is routine. I’ve never heard of it until now.
Finally, I would be remiss if I failed to let you know that I have received a number of emails from a small but irate cadre of Father Mark Sullivan supporters. They are angry that I don’t post information on protestant ministers who abuse children, and angry that Father Mark Sullivan’s name was added to Sylvia’s Site, and angry that Father Sullivan’s name is still on Sylvia’s Site. I have been told that Father Sullivan is “an innocent falsely accused person,” that I am anti-Catholic, and that I am “stalking” Father Mark Sullivan. They feel that I have not publicized Father Sullivan’s “innocence.” I was told “you need to understand how easy it is to lie and frame a good man all because he removed kneelers from the front of the church.” I was told the people of Father Sullivan’s parish want him back “overwhelmingly!!!” I was actually dared to publish the latter comment, and I can not for the life of me understand why I would not publish it!
Strange to say, there has been no mention made by anyone of the peace bond and why a peace bond is necessary. As I say, for all our sakes I am going to do my darnedest to find out. If and when I get any further info I will publicize that too. Meanwhile, if anyone knows what this peace bond and withdrawal of charges is all about please let me know. And, to those of you who have been emailing me, when I say “knows” what this is all about, I mean really knows, not guesses.
Enough for now,